Neighbouring Camps Bay, Clifton features gorgeous (and expensive!) homes built on the cliffs with wonderful views of the South Atlantic.
The Blue Flag beach is consistently voted one of the best in the world, with pure white sand. There are four sections (numbered, creatively, 1-4) that are separated by falls of granite and are protected from the south-easterly wind making them a great place to swim. There is an ephemeral fifth beach, the papyrus-fringed ‘Moses Beach’ which comes and goes as the sand is seasonally washed in and out.
Indeed, the removal and redeposition of sand goes hand in hand with water temperature changes between the seasons, with more sand and cooler water in summer, and less sand with warmer waters in winter!
Home to a great many water sports, the surf is strongest at First, diminishing as you get to Fourth, the most popular with families and home to yachts moored offshore.